Dining out should be a guilt-free experience. You should be able to enjoy your meal without having to worry about the nutritional value or how many calories you’re consuming. The restaurant industry wants you forget about calories and enjoy the experience so you’ll come back. They’re not always going to tell you what you need to know to make a healthy menu choice.
That being said, there is something you can do to eliminate the concern over nutritional value and calories. There’s a new gadget that allows you to scan your food or drink to reveals its nutritional content. This gadget coupled with healthier eating tips, can make your next dining experience more enjoyable and possibly even guilt-free.
If you are interested in knowing how many carbs and calories are on your dinner plate, try a new gadget that can reveal the nutritional value of your meal by scanning its chemical makeup. SCiO is a pocket-sized bluetooth-connected molecular sensor that uses near-infrared spectroscopy (the analysis of how molecules interact with light) to determine the chemical makeup of food and drink. SCiO can analyze substances based on how their molecules interact with light. But, you don’t have to wait until your meal is in front of you to use the device. You can take it with you to the grocery store to scan fresh foods while shopping to determine their true food values.
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SCiO was developed primarily to help those with conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular diseases to keep a close eye on their diet. But the new gadget is finding favor with those who what to know more about the nutritional value and calorie content of what they are about to consume. The SCiO scanner is available for $249, comes with a free app, and requires a monthly $10 fee. For a more detailed look at SCiO scanner click the link here.
Eating Healthy While Eating Out
The food you typically eat when dining out is nutritionally worse in every way than the food you prepare at home. Nearly all restaurant chains have added healthier options to their menus—if you know how to look for them. These tips can help you have a healthier dining experience:
Be Assertive When Ordering – Ask to have your meal prepared the way you’d like. It doesn’t hurt to ask and most restaurants would be more than happy to accommodate.
Order a Salad Before Dinner – Yes, that’s correct. Filling up on a salad before your meal will make you eat less. Try to order a salad with chicken or fish in it. Don’t forget to order that low-fat salad dressing on the side and dip your fork.
Order Healthy Entries – Most restaurants list the calories and nutritional content of foods they prepare. Read the menu and learn about the nutritional value and go from there. But don’t take their word for it. Use your SCiO scanner and find out what’s really in there.
Forget The Sugary Drinks – Avoid ordering alcoholic beverages. Many mixed drinks are full of extra added sugar and can add calories fast. If you do, order a glass of wine, a light beer, a vodka and tonic or a simple martini (without the chocolate liquor, sour green apple schnapps, or triple sec).
Drink Plenty of Water – Drinking plenty of water on a daily basis is important for a good diet. Drinking water during a meal will slow you down, help you enjoy the food more, and let the message get to your brain that you’re full—before your plate is empty.
Follow these tips and not only will you enjoy your meal more, you’ll feel satisfied, healthy, and happy when you’re done.